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Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)
"Gycklarnas afton" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  9 April 1956 (USA)
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While traveling in caravan through the country of Sweden, one member of the decadent Alberti Circus tells the owner and ringmaster Albert Johansson a sad story about the clown Frost: seven ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Åke Grönberg ...
Albert Johansson
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Anne
Hasse Ekman ...
Frans
Anders Ek ...
Frost
Gudrun Brost ...
Alma
Annika Tretow ...
Agda
Erik Strandmark ...
Jens
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Mr. Sjuberg
Curt Löwgren ...
Blom
Kiki ...
The Dwarf
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While traveling in caravan through the country of Sweden, one member of the decadent Alberti Circus tells the owner and ringmaster Albert Johansson a sad story about the clown Frost: seven years ago, his wife Alma was surprised by him bathing naked in a lake with a regiment. When the circus arrives in the town where Albert's wife Agda and sons live, he decides to pay a visit with his young mistress Anne to a famous local troupe to borrow some capes, hats and vests for their tonight show. They are humiliated by the director Mr. Sjuberg, but he lends the pieces, and the lead actor Frans gives an unsuccessful pass on Anne. When Albert decides to visit Agda, the jealous Anne meets Frans, who seduces her with an apparently valuable necklace, and they have a love affair. Anne finds that the necklace is actually worthless and returns to the circus. Meanwhile, Agda refuses to accept Albert back and he sees Anne leaving the theater and going to the jewelry. During the exhibition, Albert and ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The creator of the celebrated "Torment" probes deep into the passions of a young girl...deep into the desires of two lustful men...deep into the drama and desperation of THE NAKED NIGHT See more »

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Originally marketed in the States as a sex film under the title "The Naked Night". See more »

Quotes

Anne: I can crack nuts with my teeth too.
Frans: Now I'm scared.
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Edited into Short cuts från Sandrews (1999) See more »

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Circus Movie of Note
7 March 2008 | by (Virginia, U.S.) – See all my reviews

Thanks to Criterion Collection for making a sparkling fresh print of this film available on DVD. Sven Nykvist's cinematography is seen as excellent as ever, especially those brooding cloudy skies. The story moves along nicely, and Bergman's women are clearly their own people (most of the time anyway). The tawdry lives of circus folk is a film cliché, but the characters do live and breathe in this movie rather more completely than we could have hoped. Special attention should be paid to the music of Swedish Modernist composer Karl-Birger Blomdahl. Those punching dissonant chords at the beginning of the film are not unlike much of his music for the outer-space opera he wrote, "Aniara." There is a recording of that work, but it's hard to come by. But you can try to find his Symphony No. 3, "Facetter", and you'll be delighted by how it grows on you. Nevertheless, Bergman pretty much left Blomdahl behind in his subsequent work, and you can see why: Much of it doesn't really fit, which is something you can say about a lot of famous composers who try their hand at film music.


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